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Peace doesn't depend on circumstances - Gary's story

My friend Etienne recently travelled to Japan, a country which fascinates me but I haven't had the chance to visit. I asked Etienne to keep his eyes open for opportunities to ask people about peace. While visiting the Ueno Toshogu Shrine in Tokyo, he saw a man praying. After he finished his prayers, Etienne struck up a conversation. Learning that the man's name Gary Chan, he asked Gary what peace meant to him.

"Peace is a feeling inside your heart," Gary replied. "No matter where you are, or what state you're in, if you keep peace in your heart, you feel very good and peaceful. That's what I feel about it."

"Are you living peace?" Etienne inquired.

"Yes, I'm living peace," Gary confirmed.

Thank you, Gary and Etienne, for sharing this peace story from Japan. I wish you peace.


  • Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Tokyo
  • Etienne in Japan


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